Learn About SSCA

Sonoma Sister Cities Association (SSCA) strives to cultivate successful relationships of a global nature among the youth, adults and businesses of Sonoma Valley through cultural, educational, and social events, along with leadership programs which emphasize reaching out to potential partners and beneficiaries within our sister city communities.

SSCA programs are supported by local volunteers and city officials and foster long-term relationships with cities abroad, opening the doors to meaningful and lasting global friendships and connections which promotes mutual respect, understanding and cooperation.

Meet the Board of Directors

Our Board consists of elected officers and the chairperson of each city committee as well as Bocce Sonoma and is staffed by volunteers. We also have board members who oversee particular functions which support all committees and SSCA as a whole: government compliance, membership, communications and public relations, and operations. Board members contribute advice and various levels of support to project leaders working to fullfill the mission of Sister Cities International. Pictured: (right to left) Hans Steuck, Vice President; Farrel Beddome, President; Monica Menco, Communications Director, and Violet Espiritu, Secretary.

Sonoma City Hall

Thank You to the City of Sonoma

SSCA would not be possible without the authorization and involvement of the City of Sonoma.  Each of our sister city relationships results from an official agreement between each city government.  Sister city relationships are the result of timely, careful communciations between representatives of each city who work with SSCA to advance the mission of Sister Cities International and create the opportunity for citizen to citizen diplomacy.  Our current mayor, Mr. David Cook, has been personally involved with delegation visits, as have other members of the City Council.   Click here for more infromation about the City of Sonoma.

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  • November 2014 - Buena Vista Cave dinner, 2014, dinner hosted by Tom Blackwood, Director of Retail Operations, Boisset Collection and General Manager of Buena Vista Winery

Save the Date for “A Night in Tokaj”

Click here for information.

  • Bocce Sonoma in Action!

Bocce Sonoma Posts Winning Teams for the First Session of Leauge Play 2015

The first 9 weeks of league play for 2015 are finished and the result are in. See the winners here.

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Reunion Party for Chamson and SSCA: A Wonderful Match

SONOMA, CA – July 02, 2015

After nearly two decades apart, Chamson, the organization dedicated to promoting the sister city relationship between Sonoma and the French city of Chambolle-Musigny, is now […]

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  • Storytime in Mandarin, thanks to Committee Member Kit Burnet
  • Penglai rolls out a warm welcome to their friends from Sonoma, 2011
  • Penglai class says "Hello Sonoma"

Sonoma-Penglai Sister City Committee Receives 2015 Award for “Pen Pal Program”

Sonoma-Penglai Sister City Committee Wins International Award
SONOMA, CA – June 16, 2015

Sister Cities International announced that the Sonoma-Penglai Sister City Committee
(SPSCC) is the 2015 recipient of the Innovation (Youth and […]

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Chamson and SSCA Reunite

Chamson and the Sonoma Sister Cities Association Reunite under the SSCA Umbrella

SONOMA, CA – May 28, 2015

Chamson, the organization dedicated to the promotion of the relationship between the City of […]

Our memberships are handled by Groupspaces, click here to join.
July 01, 2015 – Do you like asking for money?  If you do, then you could be the next SSCA Director of Fundraising.  Click here for a complete job description.  Contact Farrel Beddome at president to take the next step.

Upcoming Events and Activities

  • Save the date: “An Evening in Tokaj” Saturday, November 14, 2015, 6-9pm.
    Click here for more information.

  • Bocce ball tournament play continues through September. Contact Ginette Cary at (+1)707-935-3337 or gsc3299@att.net for more information.

  • Interested in traveling to Penglai China in September? Contact Peggy Phelan at penglai2 for more information.

  • Patzcuaro committee needs volunteers to help coordinate the delivery of a donated fire truck to Mexico. Contact P. Garcia at patzcuaro if you are interested in helping.